Heat Daily Links: Tuesday


Deng might sit vs. Detroit after hamstring tightens again: Luol Deng gutted out a left hamstring injury Monday and was solid defensively for the Heat against Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, but he was worse off than he looked. -- Palm Beach Post

Bosh, Wade help Heat post easy victory against Knicks: There were brief confrontations Monday, but for the most part, this was the most comfortable victory the Heat have had all season. They hammered the Knicks at the onset and fought off a few modest comeback pushes to drop them for the seventh straight time, 95-78 at AmericanAirlines Arena. -- Palm Beach Post

Wade: Pacers are closest thing to true rival for Heat, but not quite: The modern era of NBA is mostly too transient and civil for real rivalries to form, and the Heat no longer share any boiling hatred with anybody. Even the fabled series with New York has faded into just-another-game territory for the players. -- Palm Beach Post

Heat concludes homestand 6-1 after win against Knicks: When the NBA released its regular season schedule in August, the first thing Chris Bosh noticed was how he and his Heat teammates were going to be on the road for 14 games during a 16-game stretch starting the second week of January. -- The Miami Herald

Heat-Knicks rivalry not as intense as before: Dwyane Wade is well aware of what happens when the New York Knicks visit AmericanAirlines Arena. “I know the whole dynamics of Miami — a lot of New Yorkers live here,” the 13-year Heat veteran said Monday after the team’s shootaround. “I know there is a buzz whenever we play each other, especially when both teams are good. So it’s good for basketball.” -- The Miami Herald

Whiteside grateful for teams that challenge him: Hassan Whiteside posted his sixth double-double of the season in Monday's 95-78 win against the Knicks, with 11 points, 11 rebounds and five more blocks. Well, the official scorer said he said five. "I definitely had like six or seven," Whiteside said. "But it's OK." Then he nearly had reporters doubling over with laughter afterward. -- The Miami Herald

Heat step up defense in win vs. Knicks, close homestand 6-1: The defensive statement came in Monday night's first half, when the Miami Heat limited the New York Knicks to 30 points in what turned into a 95-78 victory. The larger statement came over the past two weeks, that AmericanAirlines Arena again could stand as a sanctuary, with Monday's victory closing out a 6-1 homestand. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Heat say Knicks' Porzingis deserving of even more attention (on the court): Chris Bosh was asked about the Kristaps Porzingis phenomenon Monday, so the Miami Heat forward went to the videotape. And wondered why others haven't, as well. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel